Guide to Counseling at UMSL
Do I Need Counseling?
What to Expect From Counseling
When to Seek Counseling
Thoughts For Parents
Making an Appointment
Help a Friend
Suicide Prevention Information
Faculty and Staff
How to Refer a Student
Reaching Out To Troubled Employees
Services for Faculty and Staff
"Don't Cancel Class"
How to Deal with Disruptive Students
Intervening with "Troubled/Troubling" Students
Requesting a Presentation
“Don’t Cancel Class Program”
Information About Us
Meet the Staff
Internship and Practica
Internships at Counseling Services
Thoughts for Parents of New UMSL Students
Christopher Sullivan, Ph.D.; LPC; Clinical Director for Counseling Services
As the Clinical Director for Counseling Services, Dr.Chris Sullivan is the chief mental health officer on campus. He has over 20 years of experience working with college students and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. He completed his doctorate in counseling at UMSL, with an emphasis in multicultural counseling. His clinical work emphasizes a holistic approach to mental health, based in a strengths-oriented perspective focused on well being and healing, while taking into consideration the impact of culture, relationships, and the need for social justice in society. A proud native son of west-central Wisconsin, he loves spending time with his family, squeaky cheese curds, and getting (kind of) lost in the woods. And, yes, he does miss cold winters.
Laura Holt, Ph.D.; Counseling Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Laura Holt completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University and has worked in college counseling centers at IU, Ivy Tech Community College, Virginia Tech, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In addition to working with college students, her research and clinical interests include gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues; interpersonal relationships; emotional regulation; social justice; and distress tolerance. Laura’s theoretical style is warm, genuine, and often funny; she feels her role is to assist the client in exploring their clinical goals, making meaning of their lives, learning new skills, and overcoming obstacles to change. In addition to her roles as staff psychologist and outreach coordinator, Laura is a stand-up comic, runner, and lifelong fan of comic books, video games, and science-fiction/fantasy. She also has very strong and correct opinions about many different types of food.
Karen Munkel, MSW; Staff Therapist
Karen Munkel received her Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys working with a wide variety of people and issues that include sexuality, gender, LGBTQ issues, interpersonal and relationship issues, issues with identity or spirituality, trauma, grief, depression and anxiety. She is invested in a holistic clinical approach that incorporates using existing strengths as well as encouraging new ideas to move towards a greater sense of well-being and personal fulfillment. In counseling, Karen hopes to create a warm and supportive atmosphere to allow collaboration in working towards the client’s goals. She enjoys open expression about the therapy process and valuing clients as leaders in the change process. She is a St. Louis native who has done extensive traveling, spending time living in Europe and the Caribbean, and loves to travel any chance she can get. Karen has a background in theatre, having worked as a Stage Manager in New York City and is a believer in putting art, inspiration and expression into our everyday lives in whatever form it takes.
Mindy Stratmann-Sebol, MA, LPC; Crisis Counselor/Case Manager and Victim Advocate
Mindy Stratmann-Sebol received her Masters degree in Professional Counseling from McKendree University and is a Licensed
Professional Counselor in Missouri. She works for UMSL Counseling Services as a crisis counselor, victim advocate, and case manager. Mindy worked for many years with women experiencing homelessness, as well as serving as an administrator for a sexual assault victims’ care unit. She has many clinical interests which include trauma, gender and LGBTQ issues, interpersonal relationships, and the goal of making UMSL a sexual assault-free campus. When counseling survivors of trauma, Mindy’s role is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which they feel heard and respected so they can discover their strength as they heal and grow. In addition, her knowledge of resources and experience in advocating for assault and abuse survivors’ needs allows her to help students navigate the healing and rebuilding process. Her counseling style is client-centered and reflects the client’s immediate needs for their stage in their change. As a mother to a one-year-old daughter, Mindy has a firsthand understanding of the demands of parenthood, but when she and her husband do get free time they spend it with friends and family, sleeping through FRIENDS reruns, and plotting how to move the beach closer to St. Louis
Erin Vasconcelles, Ph.D.; Licensed Psychologist and Training Coordinator
Dr. Erin Vasconcelles received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and is a Licensed Psychologist in Missouri. She has worked in a number of university counseling centers over the last 10+ years and has been at UMSL since 2010. Erin has a number of clinical interests including the treatment of anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationships and identity related concerns. She also has significant training and interest in sport psychology and performance-related concerns. Erin’s clinical approach is best described as warm, client-centered and strengths based. She sees her role as a therapist as assisting her clients as they identify their therapeutic goals, explore the cultural and relational contexts which shape their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values and learn skills that will support the process of change. In addition to providing individual therapy, Erin also serves as Training Coordinator for the training program for advanced graduate students and provides individual and group supervision. In her free time, Erin is an avid sports fan and can be found rooting on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. She is passionate about growing orchids and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and furry children.
Bill McCadden, Counseling Intern
Bill McCadden is studying for his master’s degree at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his experience in suicide and crisis intervention, Bill has interests in a wide range of clinical areas. Such areas include stress management, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief. Bill additionally seeks to facilitate recovery for people of all gender identities who have experienced sexual assault and other forms of trauma. Bill’s goal is to empower clients within a collaborative partnership so that they may make the changes they identify as necessary to live a more fulfilling life. In his free time Bill enjoys reading, listening to live music, playing with his pup Sam, and anything related to the outdoors.
Laura Newton, Counseling Intern
Laura is a second year Master of Social Work student with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from Lexington and Eastern Kentucky, Laura earned her B.A. in psychology from Berea College. In addition to assisting college students with academic and career-related decisions, she has two years of experience in intimate partner violence crisis counseling, advocacy, intervention, and research. Her clinical interests include treatment of anxiety, depression, recovery from trauma, and interpersonal relationship and other adjustment concerns. As a therapist, Laura believes in meeting the client where they are, helping them identify their therapeutic goals and personal strengths that can assist them on their therapeutic journey. She works to assist clients with their interconnected thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Her therapeutic style is warm and genuine. Laura is a born and bred University of Kentucky basketball fan and enjoys jogging, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She has also been known to visit kittens at animal shelters to de-stress.
Erin Senn, Counseling Intern
Erin Senn is a graduate student at the University of Missouri St. Louis pursing her M.A. degree in clinical counseling. She has worked with a diverse group of people including children and college students, as well as adults with severe mental health issues. In addition to her clinical experiences, she has worked in school classrooms educating young people about suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Her clinical interests include social justice, identity issues, gender and sexuality, and self-injury behaviors. Erin uses a collaborative and warm theoretical approach that focuses on empowerment and building an authentic relationship where one can explore their identities and interpersonal relationships. When Erin is not studying or working with others, you can find her in nature practicing yoga or biking around STL. She also enjoys local farmers markets, cooking, dancing, park swing sets (yes, old-school swinging on a swing set) and spending time with loved ones.